Villas in Anoia are located in a rural part of Catalonia that is full of natural beauty and cultural interest. There are tall pine-clad hills, large fertile plains, and you'll be close to the historic Benedictine abbey at Montserrat. The terrain affords a wealth of outdoor fun, from hot-air balloon rides to mountain biking. You'll be able to find plenty of peace and seclusion at an Anoia holiday home, but will always have the option of Barcelona and the resorts of the Mediterranean, which are both easily reached and offer fantastic days out. Anoia villas are traditional rustic buildings restored with comfort and indulgence in mind. And as many are converted farmhouses they are generally capable of accommodating groups of six or more.
-Local heritage. In the eastern part of Anoia is the famous mountain, Montserrat, noted for its remarkably craggy profile. This site has held cultural significance for many centuries, and this is where you'll find the Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat. It stands more than 1000 metres above the valley and one of the best ways to get up there is via a cable car. Part of the complex is a basilica, which houses a museum displaying art by Picasso, Dali and El Greco.
-Outdoor recreation. Horseback riding and ballooning are two ways to experience the varied scenery around Anoia, which includes both mountains and plains. A wealth of hiking and mountain biking routes are also available. They'll take you through pine forest and on the way you'll spot old wells, towers, historic mills, hermitages and the remnants of medieval castles at places like Argencola and Copons.
-Beaches. The coast is just over half an hour from the Anoia area, and one of the closest resorts is Vilanova i la Geltru. Here there's an exquisite golden sandy beach that has been awarded the Blue Flag for its amenities and cleanliness. Just west of there is another Blue Flag beach at Llarga, while to the east is the vibrant resort of Sitges, home to another 17 beaches.
-Barcelona. This city is too close not to visit. It's great for a day of retail therapy., with a tremendous range of stores - you've got the trendy boutiques of Gracia, the chic fashion houses and luxury brands in L'Eixample, or all the top high-street brands in the Ciutat Vella. For sightseeing there's much more than you can cram into a day, but a good place to start would be the architect Antoni Gaudi's various quirky buildings like the Sagrada Familia basilica and Casa Batllo in L'Eixample.
-Food and drink. Anoia has a range of traditional food products, including a choice of cured sausages and pates, as well as cow, sheep and goat cheese. Chickpeas and honey are said to be of a very high quality here too. In fact chickpeas are an important ingredient in the local dish, pan-fried cod with spinach.
On holiday at Anoia holiday accommodation you'll be in a region with Mediterranean weather. Arrive in the summer months and hot weather will be on the cards. In this season temperatures reach between 25 and 33 degrees during the day, and rain in very infrequent. By October things are a little milder and there's more rainfall. Winter arrives by late-November, and during this season you can expect moderate conditions, with maximum temperatures in the mid-teens and frosts or sub-zero temperatures very uncommon.
The airport to use to reach your holiday home in Anoia is Barcelona El Prat (BCN). It's the second-busiest airport in the country and you'll have lots of options to get to this destination from the UK, with a host of low-cost airlines offering year-round routes. Once you arrive it's a 45-minute drive to the Anoia area via the E-90 or the A-2. There are also regular bus services to cities like Igualada from the centre of Barcelona. The Anoia region is also served by Barcelona's R6 rodalies commuter rail line, departing from Placa d'Espanya.